As I was watching, I couldn't help but think about the power that art and craft has for everyone - not only alzheimer's patients. Unfortunately, not everyone I know does art or knows how to craft. Kids start out creating as children. As they grow older, they become more fearful of doing it wrong and not being perfect and then they stop making art or making things. I find this very sad but there is hope.
The art movement seems to be growing everyday. In person art classes and on-line art classes have all fueled the sales of art supplies. More and more people are enjoying art. Painting and drawing, making pottery, sewing, knitting, crochet, woodworking.... the list goes on and on...... are such fantastic ways to lose yourself and let your mind go from all the news that is out there.
One important trend that is fueling this is the Adult Coloring Book Trend. It began in France several years ago as a stress-reliever for (mostly) women. I remember hearing (sorry - don't remember where) several years ago that more adult coloring books were sold in France than cookbooks. That fact was astounding. You can read a little about it here from 2014.
I remember wondering if the adult coloring book craze would come to the US and yes it has. I also remember thinking I could do that but I didn't jump on it. One independent artist who did was Janean Morrison. She self-published via Amazon's CreateSpace and beat all the other US publishers to the trend. Brilliant! You can listen to an interesting podcast with Janean here on Abby's While She Naps Show.
What about you? Do you make art? Do you craft? Do you color? Does anyone in your family color? Would love to hear your comments.
Technical troubles - I cannot get the photos off of my camera. Will have to retake on a different one. Please be patient! Thanks.